Mar 27, 2012

Need You Now, Part One

Beth Wiseman's break from Amish fiction was a surprise, but she has not failed to draw the reader into the story, making them feel a part of the character's lives.

Darlene's kids are growing up. Her husband works full time. And she feels that it is time for her to get a job. It isn't about the money; her husband makes enough for them to live comfortably. She just wants a chance to get out and make a difference for someone else. She begins teaching at a special school. Darlene is the only teacher that does not have a degree of any sort. She is hired simply because she is a mom of teenage children. She begins working with Cara, a young autistic girl.

After reading the first half of this book, I am hooked. I can't wait to read the second half and find out what happens to Layla. Does she forgive God for the hurts of the past? What about Darlene's daughter Grace, who has been cutting herself? Does she accept God's plan for her life, knowing that doesn't include self-inflected pain? What does Darlene do about the growing attraction Dave, Cara's father, seems to have for her?

Love, romance, intrigue, suspense, pain, suffering, fear, hopes, dreams, heartbreak. All natural feelings and emotions. Things we all deal with in our day-to-day lives. Beth Wiseman has a way with words that make us become a part of her story and feel these emotions with her, and with her characters.

I received a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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